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Double Bag - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,220 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 49
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This malty, full-bodied double alt is also known as “Stickebier” – German slang for “secret brew”. Long Trail Double Bag was originally offered only in our brewery taproom as a special treat to our visitors. With an alcohol content of 7.2%, please indulge in moderation. The Long Trail Brewing Company is proud to have Double Bag named Malt Advocate’s “Beer of the Year” in 2001. Malt Advocate is a national magazine devoted to “expanding the boundaries of fine drinks”. Their panel of judges likes to keep things simple, and therefore of thousands of eligible competitors they award only two categories: “Imported” and “Domestic”. It is a great honor to receive this recognition.

33 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-1999)
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Zraly

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light mahogany-amber color with a nice two finger head. Nice and clear. Nice smell of fresh biscuits and hops.

Wonderful caramel, bread, and toasted malt plays an important role here. The hop leaf note melds seamlessly with the malt. Toffee, honey, and fruit play a second role in the malt department -- just layers of sweet -- but balanced -- rich flavors. Creamy and medium to full-bodied. A bit of chew to the mouthfeel and the carbonation helps cut through to reveal a clean finish. So easy to drink and pleasing to the palate it is criminal. At over 7% ABV, I need to be careful because I could throw these back without much thinking involved.

I paid $7.99 for a six pack and feel like I just robbed a bank. A big "cheers" to Long Trail for making a mighty fine altbier (er, stickebier, according to the label). I think I found a new "go to" beer -- I must keep a few of these around at all times.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:18:32 | More by Zraly
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scottum

Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice copper amber with a white head. One will fall in love with the malt flavor of this wonderful Alt ale. The mouthfeel is superb. Feels so good and tastes so good. A touch of hops finishes the sip quite well. This brew has everything going for it. We drink it all night long! If you're in the VT area get yourself a case. You will not regret it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 11:27:44 | More by scottum
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now here's a kick ass beer....a double alt is something new to me but it seems to fit that style....it is rich, sweet and syruppy, but also exhibits alt bier like characteristics...pours an impressively clear dark orange.....nose smells a bit like a scotch ale minus the smokiness....malty...some alcohol (like rum..and even some nuttiness....with some floral hop notes....I mentioned the body, but it finishes with a nice tight dry hop bite....that really seems to balance this out and make it special....the taste is very malty....sweet plums,pears,mangos....but then there is that nice dry finish....this is really a dandy..a big giant ZAP thanks to Bierman9 for this beauty....

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 22:02:21 | More by ZAP
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cscott73

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful copper color, hint of red under my kitchen light. A little less than an inch of head that dissipated but did not disappear. Excellent lacing
Smell - Caramel malt, slightly sweet, very enticing, like the color.
Taste - Wow! Caramel, candy, hops are in there, complimenting the malt. Smooth and balanced.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, feels sticky (in a good way). Slight bitterness.
Overall - I've not had this style before, and that will change starting this weekend. Very good beer, especially on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 00:57:50 | More by cscott73
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nomad

Kansas

4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Ooh, ahh," what a pretty ale to behold, glistening true amber with striking clarity and orange undertones. Builds up a nice head with some lacing that fights hard to stay. But the color, oh, the color is a beaut.

Smells of Munich malt. If someone asked me, "What does Munich malt smell like?," I'd point them to this beer. Toasty, warm, sweet, soft malty scents. Strong but not overpowering. Kind of coy and alluring.

Long Trail must lager the snot out of this beer. It has a slightly sweet profile that drags out long and deftly smooth, I'm talking teflon slick and marathon long, before an exacting balance of hop dryness at the finish. All cushy Munich malts and barely caramel body with quasi-minty nips late on the palette. Though the carbonation is appreciatively low, the mouthfeel is a little thin, though lagered clean and slippery. Drinkable if ever that word was invented.

The cream of the crop for Long Trail ales and, like all of their brands regardless of style, much too easy quaff. Now the task is on me to savor the sixpack of this long lost favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 13:54:45 | More by nomad
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jadpsu

Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6 pack of this on a visit to my daughters in Red Bank, NJ. Alt, a German Brown Ale! I have found Brown Ales to be a personal favoite. This one turned out to be no exception.

Pours a clear copper/amber in color with a creamy off white head of average retention.
AROMA: Bready malts, dark fruit, and the sweetness of caramel.
Taste: Great! Malty, bready, thick sweet but manages to finish with some hop bitterness. Thick and chewy and excellent.
Alcohol of 7.2% is not noticed in the nose or taste but does show up with a warming after glow.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:59:49 | More by jadpsu
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an orange/brown,head diminished and retained a tight collar.
The aroma was fruity and whiffs of floral hops,bit of an astringent whiff.
Taste was delicious, hops hit up front but quickly followed by an immense malt character, I give the malt the edge here however is balanced well,and finishes quite smoothly.
Mouthfeel, is bubbly and creamy.
The drinkability on this is fantastic!I was surprised at how good this was!..excellent stuff..

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 15:22:19 | More by steinlifter
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love Alt Biers. This one is exceptional. Poured into a strait sided glass it had a rocky two finger head which lasted a five minutes or so leaving plenty of lacing. Floral/malty balanced aroma. First sip was initially sweet (almost like a mild ginger bread) with a sharp long hop finish. I bought two sixes of this while in VT on business at a store in Woodstock, down the road from the brewery. (also picked up hit the trail and long trail...reviews to follow) Had the long trail on draft at Mulligans in Manchester. Sadly, my palate was fatigued from too many "american adjunct lagers" at the Equinox down the road.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 00:11:24 | More by Citadel82
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sgn4779

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

06-05-2014 14:19:12 | More by sgn4779
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-08-2012 01:53:51 | More by Milkysunshine
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

06-16-2013 17:02:33 | More by dcbeers
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loofa5

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

07-22-2014 21:50:26 | More by loofa5
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MarvinTheMarzen

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-05-2012 01:50:43 | More by MarvinTheMarzen
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THEriksen

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-22-2012 03:17:50 | More by THEriksen
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TSouhrada

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-13-2014 23:53:04 | More by TSouhrada
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EighthElement

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-15-2013 05:16:04 | More by EighthElement
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack at Table and Vine. Has a light, clear-brown appearance with a lasting lacing on the side. Aromas are quite strong with alcohol, malt, caramel, and some fruit flavoring. Maybe some burnt sugar or a maple flavor? Taste is great with a sweet, definitely maple flavor. Mouthfeel has a slight dairy feel, but it is pretty light and drinkable. Overall, a fantastic drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:23:57 | More by fitzy84
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AaronRed

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not knowing what to expect, I anticipated that this beer would be heavy and rich. I was correct in that it was rich and inviting, yet not heavy. Contrary to my belief, this beer has a lovely rich texture and taste, with an abundance of malt. I thought this beer was so good, I was saddend to find I had only one. It's almost dangerous, being 7.2%, but a pleasure to drink. This is why I love beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2002 18:28:26 | More by AaronRed
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mdimeglio

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-17-2012 04:01:03 | More by mdimeglio
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Swamper

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-06-2012 23:38:32 | More by Swamper
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MTfish

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

10-16-2013 19:09:21 | More by MTfish
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-08-2012 17:42:54 | More by kevgod
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KypFisto

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out "Lincoln Penny" copper. The thin head disappeared less than a minute after I poured it into glass with a slight cider-like translucence.

S: Sweet, almost fruity fragrance, but tart. A hint of caramel as well.

T: Sweet and wheaty up front, but complimented by the hoppy bitterness. Dry aftertaste. Splits a good difference between sweet and dry.

M: Very filling and thick with a good amount of carbonation. Almost forces you to savor every sip.

O: Just a really tasty beer. I've only had the Hibernator before this. I was a little worried it wouldn't be to my taste due to my preference for porters, but I was pleasantly surprised. As a caveat, it is very filling. I would recommend taking one's time with it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 04:04:40 | More by KypFisto
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Snazzinator7290

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-22-2012 19:52:53 | More by Snazzinator7290
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Motozappa

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-07-2014 03:58:38 | More by Motozappa
Double Bag from Long Trail Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.